17 Awesome Austin Restaurants for Your Wedding Day: To love and to hold and to eat well

Austin’s wedding season takes place twice a year: spring and fall. The city is a good-looking place for marriage celebrations. There are Hill Country backdrops, city lights, and plenty of barbecue. Whether you’re planning a wedding or reception, Eater gathered the best restaurants and bars for weddings and receptions. From buy-outs to private dining rooms to alfresco spaces, there’s a place for every taste, need, and budget. Vista Brewing The newer Driftwood brewery and restaurant offers up plenty of room for weddings and receptions, as well as beers and food. READ MORE

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Top 10 Local Seasonal Brews: Austin’s best rotating beers that ditched the beer shelves and our ventilated livers far too soon

9) VISTA | Laissez Faire Wild Brett Ale (Winter) Vista makes bangers up and down their menu, but Laissez Faire is a modern miracle. Aged for over four months in freshly emptied Montepulciano wine barrels, this pink-hued wild ale takes on a bubbly tropical fruit profile with additional dabs to rose and pear, making this beer our brunch replacement for Topo Chico. And tacos. We just drink this beer for brunch. READ MORE

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Here’s to the Texas Brewpub: Twenty places across the state where the food is just as good as the craft beer.

In Texas, a brewery can call itself a brewpub even if it doesn’t serve grub. This has been happening since 2013, when the Legislature overhauled the state’s beer laws to allow brewpubs to distribute to retailers in addition to selling beer to go—in cans, bottles, growlers, or crowlers. Some beloved craft breweries, which had only been permitted to sell beer to be consumed in their taprooms, began switching out their manufacturer’s licenses for brewpub licenses. A number of places have since opened up as brewpubs, with taprooms but no kitchens, although many often have food trucks nearby. We’re glad we can […]

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What to Do in Austin This Winter:Here’s what’s happening in the city in February and March 2019.

Snag a seat at the hottest (and longest) table around. There’s almost nothing more perfectly Instagrammable than Outstanding in the Field’s outdoor lunch series, which plops an extra-long (as in, 1,000-seat-long) table into a stunning location for a family-style meal. Yes, admission is pricey: a ticket for the Austin event, which will be held February 12 at The Farm at Vista Brewing, about 40 minutes west of the city, will run you about $235. But with beer (brewed on site) and wine included, plus a four-hour lunch that includes produce from the farm’s garden and honey from its apiary, it’s well worth it. Book […]

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Sample Vista Brewing’s Rosanna Barrel-aged Brett Ale: This Driftwood brewery offers barrel-aged beers with wine-like complexity.

The so-called “beer garden beers” are dry and drinkable, made to be enjoyed outside on a warm fall afternoon—try the Belgian-style tripel, the brewery’s “tribute to the Trappist monks and to Vista’s pure, limestone-filtered water.” But it’s the barrel-aged beer program that sets Vista apart from the rest. Featuring brews made with Hill Country ingredients—like honey, persimmons, agarita, and juniper—and fermented in freshly emptied red wine barrels, these beers offer a wine-like complexity and depth. The Rosanna Barrel-Aged Brett Ale is a Lambic-style beer brewed with a Brettanomyces strain of yeast called Lambicus and aged in barrels from Bending Branch […]

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The Millennial Wine Smell Test: Non-Conforming Beverages Wine and beer crossovers defy convention. How are they being marketed to younger drinkers?

These drinks could well be a way to bring in new audiences. Crafting a product like wine with unexpected elements can change preconceived notions about what the base beverage is or has to be. On the flip side, an increasing amount of beer is being made with wine components. Take Vista Brewing, a new Texas brewery located between Austin and the Hill Country wine region. Owners Kent and Karen Killough and brewmaster Josh Watterson are repurposing local wineries’ barrels to age their beer. But while barrel-aged everything is on-trend nowadays, the team at Vista is using freshly dumped barrels, getting […]

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Driftwood’s Vista Brewing Offers a Peek at Tradition: Food, brews, and more on 21 acres of high-end architecture and folksy ambiance

Opened in spring of this year by wedded duo Kent and Karen Killough, Vista Brewing is a 21-acre fairy tale of high-end architectural composition pressed into the folksy ambience of oak-scattered Hill Country. Walking up the wide pathway of crushed granite through the split between Vista’s brewhouse and its tasting room is a classic Central Texas welcome, with an open-air stage, picnic tables, and musicians intoning something festive, like bluegrass, gospel, or a Glen Campbell cover. There is a farm on-site, and an orchard, and an apiary, and anything else foragable and interesting that serve as supporting actors to Vista’s […]

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Ten Breweries to Visit During the 2018 Great American Beer Festival

Vista Brewing: Driftwood, Texas A relative newcomer to the Lone Star State’s beer scene, Vista has already started to impress folks with its diverse lineup (it’s not everywhere you can go from a black Pilsner to a tripel to an old-school IPA) and commitment to quality. This could be one of the breweries you get to say, “I had their beer before they were famous.” READ MORE  

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On International Women’s Day, female brewers team up for special Pink Boots beer

Women in the beer industry — or who drink beer — are still a minority bunch, according to statistics from the Brewers’ Association. We’re a passionate bunch, though. One day a year, many of the industry’s women join forces to make a one-off beer. Pink Boots Society, a nonprofit whose mission is to raise the profile of women in the craft beer industry, organizes the Pink Boots Collaborative Brew Day around the country and the world every year on International Women’s Day, March 8. On that day, a mix of female brewers, bartenders, sales associates and others — who might not even work […]

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Gold-Medal-Winning Texas Brewer: America Is The Craft-Brewing Melting Pot Of The World

“We take a little bit from each culture and blend it together to achieve and yield the style of beer we like to drink,” he says. American brewers, he says, also use fermentation techniques of spirits makers and winemakers and “are incredibly experimental.” All is “inspired and derived from other cultures,” Watterson says. The influences of foreign brewing experts may have paid dividends for the 34-year-old Texas brewmaster. This week, his Dark Skies schwarzbier, a German-style black beer, won a gold medal at the 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship. More than 6,300 beers representing more than 110 styles competed before judges [...]
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